It wasn’t exactly unexpected, but judgement day for the Clippers has finally arrived.
Sources: Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract to become a free agent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, two of LA’s ‘Lob City’, have opted out of their contracts.
Update: Chris Paul has informed the Clippers that he is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent. pic.twitter.com/AIt6d2BFVD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 23, 2017
This kicks off what could be a rough free agency period for the Clippers, with both stars linked to opposing teams for a future home.
— Stephen Quavo (@A_A_Ron_Rodgers) June 23, 2017
Paul has supposedly given serious thought to the Spurs and Pelicans, and has been rumored to be unhappy in LA. Still, the amount of money he’d turn down at 32 to leave (almost $50 million extra) is too high to really think he’d go.
— Blake (@rocky4justice) June 23, 2017
For Griffin, however, there are serious signs. He noticeably left LA off his list of top NBA cities, and hasn’t been in LA since free agency started.
If Chris Paul re-signs with the Clippers: 5 years, about $205 million.
If Chris Paul signs with another team: 4 years, about $152 million.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 23, 2017
This is going to be interesting.